Contractors have started work to relocate the communication lines which service Victoria West, Esquimalt and the Department of National Defence and plan to remove the Johnson Street Rail Bridge, 500 ton counterweight and. The work will take place over the next four months and will be completed by the end of March 2012.
Contractors are now onsite. The communication line work will be completed first as in-water work is limited to certain times of the year. The rail bridge and counterweight will be removed in mid-February.
Telus is currently working with their contractor on the west side of the bridge to complete in-ground work and trenching associated with the relocation of the communication lines. Telus work on the east side of the bridge will commence in the next couple of weeks.
Approximately 20 people will be working onsite with Ruskin Construction totaling 18,000 worker-hours over the next four months. This is in addition to City staff and Telus contractor work. Ruskin Construction has hired several local subcontractors including Castor Consultants, Don Mann Excavating, Hugh Tuttle, and Ralmax.
Staff will work closely with the contractor to ensure that marine users, neighbouring businesses, residents and those who will be affected by construction are kept informed and potential impacts are mitigated. There are no immediate traffic impacts expected.